Monday, January 17, 2011

Two great new reads for the new year

 Most books that I read come from the public library, however there are a few authors that I enjoy reading so much that I want to own their books.  Fannie Flagg is one of those authors, the first book of hers that I read was Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe and I loved it.  I have read everyone of her books since then.  Most of them are roll in the floor hilarious, this one, I Still Dream About You, definitely had its funny moments but was a more serious book.  It takes place in the early 2000's in Birmingham, Alabama.  The main character Maggie has decided to commit suicide at the beginning of the book and is putting her affairs in order.  The remainder of the book is what is involved in putting her affairs in order.  I won't give away the ending, but it is definitely worth reading.
In addition to sewing this last week, I read one of my Christmas books, the new Ken Follett:  Fall of Giants, the fist in the Century Trilogy.  One of my favorite books ever is Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett, and I had been looking forward to reading this one.  At almost 1,000 pages I knew it would take a while, and it did take most of the week.  I enjoy reading any kind of historical fiction and this book covered WWI which I don't know that much about.  ( I am more of a WWII girl).  Fall of Giants, is the story of two Welsh families, one lower class, the other upper class, two Russian brothers, an American who works for the President, and a German family.  It took a while to get straight in my head who belonged to what family, but once I did I really enjoyed the book.  Now I will have to wait on the next installment.  Don't let the size put you off!!!


A Quilter Awakens said...

I had trouble keeping folks straight in Pillars of the Earth too, but thanks for the recommendations; I will add them to my "must read" list! Karmen

Lainee said...

I enjoyed reading Pillars Of The Earth also. We just watched it on Netflix this week while we were waiting for our next Dexter DVD

EileenKNY said...

Thanks for the good review of "Fall of Giants". I read both "Pillars of the Earth" and "World without End" and really enjoyed them. However, I'd read a couple of critics who said it didn't measure up.